Monthly Archives: May 2011

SCCM 2007 SP2 Operating System Deployment and multi-tiered NICs

We’ve begun deploying Windows 7 with SCCM’s Operating System Deployment (OSD) capability.  We’ve found that some of our workstations use multi-tiered LOM NICs.  Turns out Windows PE HATES multi-tiered NIC drivers.  So, if you’re in this situation, you’ll need to get a monolithic driver for your Windows PE boot.  See http://www.windows-noob.com/forums/index.php?/topic/1688-nic-devices-that-require-a-special-driver-for-winpe-may-cause-a-configmgr-task-sequence-to-fail/ for more information.

We’ve also noticed that if you use DHCP, be sure that your leases are long enough to cover the OSD sequence up to the first reboot.  If your lease expires before then, you’ll get cryptic errors (like 0x80072ee7) and your IP address will change to a link-local.  We had a DHCP range that was set to 5 minutes (!) and it was causing this failure… and we had a heck of a time trying to figure out the root cause!

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SCCM 2007 SP2 vs. Windows 7 SP1 and Server 2008 R2 SP1

If you’re currently on SCCM 2007 SP2 and have started to deploy Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 SP1, be sure to grab the MS hotfix that provides support in SCCM for these new versions: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2489044

EDIT (5/19/2011): Once you install this hotfix, you’ll need to go back and verify any drivers or applications that have OS run restrictions configured.  Because this adds the SP1 operating system as a selection, it will fail to install on SP1 if it is not specifically checked.